Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.
It’s hard to work in this industry and not be completely taken by the trailer for Life Itself, but even for a causal moviegoer or perhaps someone who doesn’t know Roger Ebert at all, this promo not only offers a rousing sampling of his life, personality and achievements, but also does just what Ebert says of the movies at the end of the piece: “It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.” I’ve identified with Ebert for many years through his reviews and look forward to experiencing that again in a different form through this film.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The title is still a turnoff, but the first trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service sells the film as a highly appealing, action-packed romp. The imagery is stunning and the piece is cut to a catchy beat, instantly pulling you in and then impressing you more with a wildly enjoyable combination of cool gadgets, well-timed quips and electrifying combat and stunts.
Big Hero 6
If you frequent this column, you’re likely aware that I’ve got a thing for supercute, petlike creatures and that, of course, makes this first teaser trailer for Disney’s Big Hero 6 a winner. The editors picked prime content for a preliminary promotional piece. There’s no story details and little character information, but the opportunity to spend just a little time with the two main players and let an amusing moment breathe, establishes an exceptionally quick and strong connection to the duo, warms your heart and leaves you eager for the full feature.
The first teaser trailer for Foxcatcher serves as an effective promo in and of itself, but what makes it a particularly strong draw is the extremely well-timed release. When you’ve got loads of Oscar buzz coming out of Cannes and then drop a teaser with samplings of Steve Carrell’s work that gives even more value to that acclaim, there’s nothing else left to do but to join in and anxiously await Foxcatcher’s November debut.
Wish I Was Here
Similar to the first trailer for Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, this second promo presents a world that you simply want to be in. The dynamic between Braff and just about everyone around him sparks an infectious blend of humor and heart, one in which one always serves the other, bolstering the effect of both.
Concrete story details for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar have arrived and even though the mystery that’s shrouded the project since day one is finally dissipating, knowing what’s to come is upping the intrigue even more. We’ve got no clue why Matthew McConaughey is the one who must save the world, but it’s already believable because a multitude of strong performances and visuals say it’s so. Saving humanity through interstellar travel is a big, bold idea, but based on this trailer, Nolan will give it an earnest and relatable core.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy is above and beyond, but this second one might be even more effective having dropped in a post-Captain America: The Winter Solider and Amazing Spider-Man 2 world. Captain America is quite good, but it’s still more of the same. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that when you’re part of an existing franchise that necessitates a certain style and tone, but Guardians of the Galaxy has the chance to wow us with something refreshing and different, and this trailer suggests James Gunn will do just that and more.
What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?
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